Bathurst remains on Extreme water restrictions, however, there will be a change to the way we water our gardens from Monday, February 24.
The change has been triggered as a result of Chifley Dam reaching 29 per cent.
The change in watering times will also ensure that residents can continue to water during daylight hours once daylight savings comes to an end.
Residents will no longer be permitted to use a hose, microspray system or other water efficient irrigation systems. Instead, gardens can only be watered using buckets or watering cans.
Water times will also be simplified, with watering allowed before 10am or after 4pm, on Wednesdays and Sundays only for 30 minutes of filling time.
This means that the 30 minutes will apply for the time it takes to fill buckets and watering cans.
Greywater that can be collected from showers, sinks and laundries can still be applied before 10am and after 4pm on any day.
Water restrictions are an important and necessary measure designed to reduce water consumption and give Council time to complete important water infrastructure projects to augment Council's water supply.
I would like to thank the community for your overwhelming support of water restrictions.
Residents, businesses and community groups have been very responsive in adopting water conservation measures and complying with the water restrictions and helping preserve our water supply.
For more information please visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/waterrestrictions or call the water restrictions hotline on 6333 1683.
The countdown is on and the excitement is building for the grand opening of the Bathurst Rail Museum.
The museum will explore the stories of our community and the connection to rail history all within the historic Railway Institute site.
The star exhibit is the 20 by 9 metre model layout with a light and audio visual display.
The museum also contains a dedicated children's learning area and play space with the biggest permanent wooden Brio set in the world as well as other interactive elements.
The museum will open to the public on Saturday, 22 February and entry to the museum entry is adult $15, concession $10, children (school age) $7 and family $35. I look forward to seeing you there.
Mayor of Bathurst, Bobby Bourke
Club grants to benefit bushfire affected communities
$12.5 million is available for new or upgraded facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture, disaster readiness and community infrastructure.
This is a great chance for local organisations to seek funding for a project to repair or rebuild damaged community infrastructure.
Projects carried out in response to bushfire damage or to help protect communities from future bushfire impacts will be given special consideration.
Infrastructure Grants can fund construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure.
Applications will open on Monday 16 March and close Monday, April 6. We are giving communities advanced warning so they can consider projects that could benefit from funding.
Since 2013, the NSW Government has funded over 350 community projects worth $82 million under Infrastructure Grants.
To find out more information please visit www.responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au.
Love NSW! $10 million tourism recovery package to rebuild NSW
The prolonged drought and unprecedented bushfires have broken our hearts and had a devastating impact on thousands of tourism operators in our beautiful state.
That's why now's the time to love NSW - we need to show the world that our many spectacular sights and experiences are in great shape, and they're welcoming visitors right now.
Recovery will take time and the NSW Government is here for the long haul. This $10 million will provide immediate help and set up long-term support for the industry to help businesses get back on their feet.
Australia's tourism industry has taken a massive hit. Right across Australia tourism businesses, including in NSW are feeling the pressure as tourists delay or cancel their travel plans, even in many areas that haven't been affected.
That's why we're backing this campaign through our $20 million domestic tourism commitment to get Aussies into fire-affected communities as they open up again, as well into unaffected tourism towns that are also feeling the pinch.
I urge Australians to support our tourism businesses and save local jobs by booking a trip in NSW this year.
Torrential rain presents new challenges
While the recent rain has been a welcome reprieve to dry conditions, it hasn't been without its challenges.
Following 500 millimetres of rainfall across the Blue Mountains on the weekend, a landslip occurred near Leura on the Blue Mountains Line with crews working fast to repair the damage.
Our hardworking Sydney Trains teams have already secured track infrastructure and are now working to stabilise the land.
We know commuters are keen to see the line re-open as quickly as possible, and our teams are on the job.
It won't be a small task as engineers need to rebuild the embankment and infrastructure, including earthworks, track reconstruction, signalling and overhead wire repairs. However, we are confident this work will be completed in a matter of weeks, weather dependent.
These works are not expected to delay reconstruction works taking place between Mount Victoria and Lithgow at this stage, and we thank all our loyal customers for their patience while this work takes place.
Customers travelling along the affected lines can check the latest information and plan their journey through trip planning apps or online at http://transportnsw.info.